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Oil patch towns looking to catch up with demands

BISMARCK, N.D. — City officials in the North Dakota oil patch say they are forging ahead with housing and infrastructure projects despite the forecast for a downturn in drilling in the next year. Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford tells the Bismarck Tribune that development and land sales are not slowing down because housing needs for permanent oil field workers have not ...

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Lights to be put up on Highway 85, ND 23 corridor

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WATFORD CITY, N.D. — State transportation officials say additional roadway lights will be installed on the U.S. Highway 85 and North Dakota Highway 23 corridor near Watford City. Officials say work will primarily be done off of the roadway, but temporary shoulder and lane closures may be needed at times. The project is scheduled to be completed in mid-February. Officials ...

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Northwest ND industrial fire costs owner $12.7M

WILLISTON, N.D. — The fire at an oil field supply company in northwest North Dakota in July has cost the owner $12.7 million. The Williston Herald reports insurance didn’t cover the incident at Williston’s Red River Supply facility, which stored dozens of chemicals used by oil companies. Fire officials ruled the blaze an accident. Officials say an open flame caused plastic ...

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State withholds Dickinson State University grants


BISMARCK, N.D. — State grants totaling more than $663,000 are being withheld from Dickinson State University due to financial problems with the independent foundation that supports the western North Dakota school. The grants are part of the North Dakota Challenge Fund, which allocates $1 of state money to university foundations for every $2 in private donations that are raised. The ...

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ND fines company $687,000 for disposal violations

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BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators assessed a $687,000 fine Wednesday against a Utah company for violating saltwater waste disposal rules. The North Dakota Industrial Commission, a three-member panel that includes Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple, approved the sanction against Springville, Utah-based Redemption Energy LLC. The matter now goes to North Dakota District Court for collection. Redemption Energy did not immediately ...

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Power plant shut down by fire being repaired


BEULAH, N.D. — A western North Dakota power plant that was shut down after a fire last week should be running at half capacity by Christmas. No one was hurt in the Dec. 4 early morning fire at the Coyote Station coal-powered plant near Beulah. Minnesota-based Otter Tail Power Co. said a mechanical failure led to the fire, but the ...

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Strip clubs lose liquor license

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At a meeting last night Williston Mayor Howard Klug and commissioners unanimously approved the suspension of the liquor licenses from both Whispers and Heartbreaker’s in downtown Williston. Both establishments are located on Williston’s main street downtown. They will lose their licenses for 60 days due to an increase in calls about the businesses. In 2013, the Williston Police Department received ...

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Man charged in stabbing at northwest ND hotel


WILLISTON, N.D.— A man who authorities accuse of stabbing his roommate at a North Dakota hotel is facing various charges including attempted murder. Joshua Thomas Floyd has also been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. KXMB-TV reports the stabbing at a Williston hotel occurred after the roommates had a fight about money. In related news, There’s ...

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